The third day of Forrest Wood Cup action on Lake Lanier is about to get under way. (Photo by Gary Mortenson)
11.Aug.2012 by Gary Mortenson
DULUTH, Ga.– As the top-20 Forrest Wood Cup competitors departed Laurel Park Marina shortly after 7 a.m. amidst a third consecutive day of overcast conditions, light winds and looming thunderstorms, one thing was quite clear – the overall tournament outlook has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past 24 hours.
After the impressive day-one haul by 21-year-old upstart Jacob Wheeler, who stunned the field with a behemoth 21-pound, 15-ounce bag during the opening round of competition, most pros realized that without a major stumble by the Indianapolis pro, the chances of procuring a tournament title at the most prestigious event of the season was virtual nil. But what a difference a day makes. With Wheeler coming back to the pack with an 11-pound, 12-ounce sack in Friday’s competition, a host of pros now realize they still have a chance at capturing the coveted prize and landing their name in the history books.
“Jacob has done really well this week. He’s a great angler,” said Chevy pro Jay Yelas, who is now only a tad more than 3 pounds off the overall lead. “But it’s now halftime and we’re nipping at his heels.”
Fourth-ranked qualifier Scott Canterbury of Springville, Ala., also sees the potential of making a significant run at the title.